After your tooth movements have been completed with Invisalign, you will need to wear retainers to prevent your teeth from moving back into their ‘natural’ position.
While most people aren’t happy to hear that they’ll need to wear retainers long term, it really is necessary to protect your hard work and the investment you made in your Invisalign treatment. We’ve all heard stories about people who wore braces as a kid and then needed to get braces again as an adult because they didn’t wear their retainer. (If you haven’t, we have some stories in our Invisalign reviews.) Don’t let this happen to you!
There are a few types of retainers. Two of the common types that Invisalign patients wear after their treatment include fixed wire retainers and plastic Essix retainers.
Some orthodontists may also request that you wear a combination of retainers – for example, a fixed wire retainer on the bottom and an Essix retainer on the top, or both fixed wire and Essix retainer on one arch.
Remember that retainers are designed to hold the tooth position, not to actively move teeth. So make sure you let your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist know as soon as you can if you break or lose a retainer so that it can be replaced before your teeth start moving back!